Many LA Lakers fans were concerned after marquee player LeBron James had entered NBA Health and Safety Protocol ahead of the previous game against the Sacramento Kings after testing positive for Covid-19. However, the latest reports from the world of NBA states that the 36-years-old 4xNBA Finals MVP has been cleared to make his way onto the court just after one-game’s absence after several of his tests have tested negative.
Which now means, LeBron James has will now be cleared to participate in the LA Lakers vs LA Clippers showdown at Staples Center. There seems to be false positive covid-19 test in this case after which the league has cleared LeBron to return after two negative tests 24 hours apart, administered by the league’s officials.
JAMES HAS HAD MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS SINCE RETURNING TO LOS ANGELES FROM SACRAMENTO ON TUESDAY EVENING, MULTIPLE SOURCES SAID. IT APPEARS THE INITIAL POSITIVE TEST ULTIMATELY WAS INCONCLUSIVE RESULT. HTTPS://T.CO/P9FO9ZUV1R
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 2, 2021
LeBron James said before the season that he was vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccinated players have been tested much less often than unvaccinated players this season.
But given the higher chance players might have been exposed to the virus during Thanksgiving gatherings, the N.B.A. increased testing requirements for vaccinated players, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times. All players were required to be tested on November 28, 29 and 30.
LEAGUE STATEMENT ON LEBRON JAMES PIC.TWITTER.COM/XUZMYA9EPW
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2021
Having said that, It has been a strange process since James had to enter the protocols as James was vocal about the fact that a number of his tests had come back negative. At the end of the day, the Lakers superstar is expected to be back in the lineup as the team tries to finally get back on track and climb their way up the standings in the Western Conference.
LeBron James missed 12 of his team’s 23 games this season, with the Lakers (12-11) going 5-7 in those games without him.